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Palm Desert

Home to Verdant parks, scenic hiking trails, award-winning golf resorts, exhilarating art walks, eclectic retail, and the region’s only zoo and botanical gardens, Palm Desert offers nearly unlimited opportunities to discover and explore new wonders.

In the 1940s, Palm Desert’s central location and beauty attracted magazine publisher Randall Henderson and his brother Cliff, who saw the potential for a thriving resort destination. They transformed a patch of desert into the Shadow Mountain Club, attracting Hollywood A-listers like Jimmy Stuart and Bing Crosby. Later they founded the iconic El Paseo Shopping District, Frequently referred to as the “Rodeo Drive of the desert.” Country Clubs were soon spouting up acrossing the fast-growing community.

Now the backdrop for Fashion Week El Paseo, Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, a vibrant farmers market and weekend street fair, and Greater Palm Springs’ colleges and universities, this sophisticated family-friendly city reflects its founders’ dreams.

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